Posted in Being Human, Inspiration, Surrender

Quitting the Pursuit

Sometimes there is nothing left to do but quit and wait.

There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens:

 a time to be born and a time to die,    

a time to plant and a time to uproot,     

a time to kill and a time to heal,    

a time to tear down and a time to build,     

a time to weep and a time to laugh,    

a time to mourn and a time to dance,   

a time to scatter stones and a time to gather them,    

a time to embrace and a time to refrain from embracing,     

a time to search and a time to give up,    

a time to keep and a time to throw away,     

a time to tear and a time to mend,    

a time to be silent and a time to speak,     

a time to love and a time to hate,    

a time for war and a time for peace.

Ecclesiastes 3: 1-8

There comes a time in each of our journeys when we have done and tried everything.  Knowledge, education and experience has been obtained.  Experts consulted.  The soil made ready and  tended.  Seeds planted and watered.  The foundation of supports have been put in place. We have asked for and accepted help.   We have done everything that is within our power to accomplish our goals.  When all has been done that can possibly be done and when we find that our efforts are not yet producing fruit and every effort toward pursuit only leaves us tired and frustrated….it might be time to quit.

Like a farmer who cannot make his planted seeds grow, but can only wait until nature takes its course, we too are sometimes invited to quit….to get out of the way and let the Universe/God take over.  Unless we are a farmer who is familiar with this cycle of working and resting….we might find the invitation to quit as counter-intuitive.  If nothing else, it certainly goes against the Western model which tells us that the harder we work the greater will be our reward.  The truth, however, is that if our efforts continue to go unrewarded and our fruits never come to bear, we might be barking up the wrong tree.  The Divine/God might have better plans in store for us.  Plans  we cannot see because we are too busy pursuing what our ego thinks we want.   When we find ourselves continually hitting our head against the wall and the wall refuses to budge….it might be time to QUIT….to LET GO…..to GET OUT OF THE WAY.   We just might be surprised to see what happens when we quit the relentless pursuit and let God drive the bus!  Or as one of my favorite saints, Hildegard of Bingen was quoted as saying:

“The feather flew, not because of anything in itself but because the air bore it along.  Thus am I a feather on the breath of God.”

copyright 2012  Lauri Lumby

Posted in Surrender

Giving it Back to God – the fine art of surrender

Today I will be discussing the invitation to surrender and the graces that come with engaging in this practice. 

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Before I start today’s blog, I am inviting the help of my blog readers.  Part of strategic marketing plan includes the goal of 200 blog subscribers by November 1st!  To achieve this goal, I need your help.  You have started by subscribing.  Now, I invite you to take one more step – SHARE THIS BLOG with someone you think might find this helpful, informative, inspirational, etc.  Share it with your social networking friends, family, co-workers.  AND….invite them to subscribe.  I’m only 150 subscribers away from my goal….YOU CAN HELP!  Thank you!

 

Now….for the real blog……This morning as I was engaged in my daily meditation practice, I was invited into a new spiritual practice – a practice that is not foreign, or unknown to me  but not where Spirit regularly leads me.  The practice?   SURRENDERI was invited to visualize, one-by-one, everything in my life that is currently causing me anxiety, worry, stress, anger, frustration, impatience, sorrow, etc.   I was then invited to imagine myself taking each item into my hands and reaching my hands to the heavens, I was invited to give each item, one-by-one into the hands of God. 

 

As you can imagine, being smack dab in the middle of a divorce, there are A LOT of things to put into God’s hands.  As I sat with this invitation, I saw all the current worries and concerns, like a parade, line up in front of me:  financing on a house, waiting for news on the offer I put in on a house, my kids and their grieving process, my own grief, trying to maintain an amicable relationship with my soon to be ex-husband, money, remodeling projects in the house I’m trying to buy, healthcare, insurance, taxes, etc. etc. etc.  And to add insult to injury…..life does not stop just because you are getting a divorce….so, add to the list the everyday things like paying bills, feeding the family, laundry, kids’ activities, work, my husband’s travel, ailing and aging parents, sisters getting married, etc. etc. etc.    The line of worries in front of me seemed to be endless.  However, I accepted the invitation to take each one of those worries into my hands, then lifted them up to the heavens and visualized the loving hands of God reaching down and taking them from me – one by one.  The amazing thing, is that I actually started feeling better.  I had a sense of relief as I let go of each of these concerns and I felt lighter, less burdened, more free.  A peaceful calm began to fill those places within that I had previously filled with my worry.  Giving it back to God gave me peace, relief and I found I could relax more fully into the busy day ahead.

Surrender is a spiritual practice espoused in every spiritual tradition and emphasized in recovery and grief work.  In the practice of surrender, we (in theistic terms) LET GO AND LET GOD or more simply put….we get the heck out of the way so that the peace and contentment that is our original nature can find its way into our life.  When we cling to our worries, anxieties, frustrations, resentments, etc. there is no room for the peace that is our truest nature to be experienced or for the healing we need in our grief, frustration or impatience to take place.  If we wish to be restored to this place of peaceful contentment, the only way there is to surrender and in that surrender, to trust that there is a Divine Source of healing that can handle all the worry we throw at them! 

So, my invitation for you today is to invite the spiritual practice of surrender into your own life:

  • What are your current sources of worry, anxiety, frustration, sorrow, grief, anger, etc.
  • Take each of those items into your hands one by one
  • One by one, give each of those items to God
  • Allow yourself to experience the peace and freedom of surrender!

 

Lauri Lumby

Authentic Freedom Ministries/YourSpiritualTruth

http://yourspiritualtruth.com

 

Posted in Freedom, Gifts of Contemplation

Ch…Ch…Ch…Changes…

As we grow spiritually we come to rely more and more on our higher power (God) for guidance and direction.  As we allow ourselves to set aside our ego and be open to Divine guidance, doors open and the path is made smooth….that does not mean, however that the path will not involve change (in fact, it probably will).  Today’s blog explores the Divine path, change and our reaction to it.



As I sit down to write today’s blog, I have David Bowie’s song, Changes, running through my head. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pl3vxEudif8&feature=related The past few months of my own spiritual journey has included a mountain of changes…..some of which you are witnessing here today – namely the launch of a new website with a new URL, new marketing strategy, etc.  All of these are changes that I probably could not have made even a year ago, but gratefully, I have learned to let go of certain attachments that would have prevented this change.  I have also learned to accept help in a way that I never could have before that became the ultimate catalyst for these changes.  Being open to receiving help and letting go of attachments are both gifts that we receive when we diligently attend to our spiritual journey.


So, here is what brought me to these changes………

1) Daily meditation and prayer.

2) An out of the blue contact from a potential client from overseas.

3) The step into the modern age by going live through video capability via internet and Skype for international calls.

4) The sudden awareness that perhaps I would have more opportunities to reach people if I were available for Spiritual Counseling via phone and internet.

5) The realization that if I am going to target a global audience, I would need help.

6) The awareness that I deserve to invest in a professional marketing consultant to help me grow my business, but more importantly, reach those people who are looking for help along their spiritual path.


So, what you see here today is the culmination of several months of research, consultation and HUGE leaps off of the technology platform (mind you….computers TERRIFY ME!!!!).  I can attribute this part of my journey to God and to God alone, and to my willingness to set aside my own personal fears and ego attachments that previously prevented me from stepping into this strange and foreign territory….the territory of self-promotion, accepting professional guidance (and in some cases, correction), and doing so without going into my normal place of rejection.

Previously, I would not have felt myself worthy of the financial investment in a professional marketing consultant.  Previously, I would not have been able to accept this guidance and possible critique.  Previously, I would not have been able to set aside my own attachment to the beautiful website I had created on my own in my favorite color of red.  Previously, I would not have been able to accept that at least for today, my current website will not be “perfect”, that there might still be a couple bugs to work out and the fonts might not yet be exactly what I want.  All this is because I have really tried hard to let go and let God so that I could surrender to God’s plan – rather than clinging to my own.


In our spiritual journey, this ability to let go and let God is the fruit of diligent practice.  As we focus our attention to our Divine Source and allow the Divine to be our guide and the light of illumination, all the doors to our highest good are open wide, and we need only step through them.  We find that this process of growth becomes somewhat effortless and that if it does become a struggle, it is only due to our own clinging to attachments.  We are invited to let go of that which is no longer life-giving or supportive of our highest good, to grieve the losses of these former attachments and step fully into the Divine plan which is that of freedom, expansiveness and growth.  So, in this process, I welcome these changes that the Divine has offered as growth opportunities for me and anxiously await to bear witness to their results.


What changes are you being invited to make as you step more fully into your highest truth?

What are you being invited to leave behind?


Lauri Lumby

Your Spiritual Truth – Where your truth shall set you free.

http://yourspiritualtruth.com